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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rudy Fernandez Completes Goal of Pissing Off Every Blazer Fan

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

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Old-yet-breaking news from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports:

Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe to play and has no interest in NBA trade, his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo! Sports.

And then the O's Jason Quick reports this:

Rudy Fernandez will not report to the Trail Blazers training camp in October and the disgruntled guard has no intention of playing for the Blazers for the remaining two years of his contract, his agent said Wednesday.

Ruh roh! Of course it's not news that Rudy wants out of Portland (and America), but previously this discussion had been linked to Spanish tabloid reporting and the mopey body language he put on display throughout last season. Truth be told Rudy was treated very well here in Portland. The Blazers' offensive system never had have a starting role for the former European star, but his poor shooting, complete lack of defense, and playoff disappearing act didn't help his cause. You'd be hard pressed to find more than a few teams that would start Rudy, and of those, none would be playoff-caliber squads. Plus the fans here adored Rudy. Well, at least they did. Today that comes to an abrupt end.

Plenty of players have valid reasons to sit out—Von Wafer comes to mind—but Rudy is scorching the earth with these comments. Oh well, looks like we'll never see #5 in a Blazers uniform again.

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